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Goshawk Liberator, Cadeau

- #PR/0060EN

Date Reviewed:
February 14, 2014

text: See Below

Rating:  2.00

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Go Rogue,
Go Pro
Happy Valentine's Day, you guys!  It's time to wrap up this week of "(Un)known Promos Week", and today, we have something that's rarely seen play...let's see why...

Goshawk Liberator, Cadeau
Power: 10000
Grade 3
Clan: Gold Paladin
Race: Human
[AUTO](VC) Limit Break 4 (This ability is active if you have four or more damage):When this unit attacks a vanguard, this unit gets [Power]+5000 until end of that battle.
[AUTO](VC):[Counter Blast (1)-card with "Liberator" in its card name] When this unit's attack hits a vanguard, you may pay the cost. If you do, look at the top card of your deck, search for up to one «Gold Paladin» from among them, call it to an open (RC), and put the rest on the bottom of your deck.

...so we have the one promo card that most people didn't get mainly because it was a promo card that people got for buying the Extra Booster for Nova Grapplers or Oracle Think Tank, so unless you were planning of making Death Army or Battle Sisters, you never got this card, and you probably didn't miss very much.  Cadeau has a meh 10,000 power, is a Power Breaker and an effect that is basically Viviane, but exclusively for Liberators...I could just end the review here, but let's elaborate on this for a bit.

            The fact that he's a Power Breaker basically means that he has the same generic Limit Break that most clans have at least one copy of whether it's Thunder Break Dragon, Kiriel, Cocytus, etc., and because of it, a seasoned Vanguard player would be able to work around an effect that has lost its effectiveness throughout time.  Its other effect where it's a watered-down Viviane is because it requires an Especial Counterblast of Liberator, and calls the top card of the deck, but the thing is that only works as a Vanguard unlike Viviane, where she can use her effect as Vanguard or rear-guard AND she's an Interceptor, but Cadeau is just disappointing.

Rating: 1/5
Art: 2/5
Next Time: In my dreams...I see a red and black ring that has the date 2/15 in the middle... ;-)

Go Rogue...Go Pro!
...and DON'T be a Sackboy!!!

Goshawk Liberator, Cadeau
Wrappin' up obscure-promo week is a generic unit refined to be actually okay. His Limit Break gives him 5k on attack, which is pretty bog-standard, but of course it's his second skill that really counts. When he hits the Vanguard, you Counterblast 1 Liberator to call the top card of your deck to a rear-guard circle. That's pretty neat considering unlike some other on-hitters I've reviewed, this one can go live from Turn 3; the MIDDLE of the game is where on-hit units really shine because that's when the pressure matters more. 
Guarding him is a -1 for the opponent at least and not guarding is a +1 for you. So he can generate +5 at least every game in terms of relative advantage. Of course, this can be made shorter depending on how quickly both players get to 4 damage, but he's still really nice. And yes, I am aware his +1s are random in nature. Actually, it's because he's still limited to the Gold Paladin way that I prefer his brother Spark Horn Dragon. Problem with GP's gimmick is that it's giving you too much margin for chance to screw you in terms of column making. If you keep it, the opponent guards for less. Replace it and you wasted your resources for nothing. So really, there isn't much of a way for you to do better on average than a deck that doesn't do this unless you can cleanly get rid of things on a 1:1 basis.
I think he's okay, but you need to really watch your field. Also beware his 10k squishy body.



So finishing our promo cards you may or may not know about week we have Goshawk Liberator, Cadeau. Now THIS is a promo you could build a powerful beatdown deck around. He’s a smidge more consistent than Alfred and has the power and skills to boot. However he’s far from perfect. He only works best with other Liberators although his skill does enable him to call ANY grade 3 gold pally. As with all the other cards…. he’s useful…but…once…again…falls short of perfect.

3.0 only average but not too much so.


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